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Eric Wynalda gets a taste of his own medicine

Eric Wynalda

Cal FC head coach Eric Wynalda smiles before a U.S. Open Cup fourth-round soccer game against the Seattle Sounders, Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Say what you want about Eric Wynalda (everybody does), but the guy has a sense of humor, a quality the Atlanta Silverbacks are using to bring some attention to their second division club. The FOX Soccer commentator is spending his summer coaching the NASL club, guiding the club to three wins in his six matches in charge (Atlanta had one win in 14 before his appointment).

Today, Wynalda sat down for an exclusive to talk about his time in Atlanta, addressing his latest foray into coaching, success with Cal FC, his thoughts on bringing some of those players to the Silverbacks, the Olympics ...

All of which would be pretty ho-hum if Wynalda weren’t interviewing himself, a joke that plays out as interesting commentary on announcing versus coaching. As he says, there are certain things he has to say while working for FOX while acting as a head coach carries entirely different expectations.

You see a little of that here, but mostly, you see Wynalda trying to have a little fun with his ... personas.